Turning Vegan is the New Trend. Learn why this lifestyle change is gaining so much popularity among women.
We can certainly witness the emerging trend of people transforming themselves into plant eaters leaving away the traditional meat eating trends. Veganism is becoming the popular lifestyle choice now, especially among women. But there is a lot of confusion going parallel with two types of diet i.e. a Vegetarian Diet and a Vegan Diet.
What is the difference?
Vegetarians are people who do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarians are those who do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.
Why is Veganism gaining popularity?
The main reason why people are choosing vegan diet is because they feel that by eating eggs and dairy products, one promotes the meat industry. They believe that the meat industry is unfair to the animals who are put in extreme weather conditions without food and water and their bodies are worn out from producing milk, eggs and other animal raised food items.
Health/ Environment/ Ethics
People are opting to be vegan for several reasons associated with health, environment and some even opt veganism for moral and ethical reasons. Many vegans choose such lifestyle so as to promote a more humane and caring world and feel that it is their responsibility to do the best and bring justice to fellow living beings as well. They say plant foods can provide all the adequate amounts of proteins, minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants and other essential requirements of the body.
How to become a Vegan?
The most successful way to become a long-term vegan is to do so gradually. Most vegans turn themselves into vegetarians first, and gradually made the transition into veganism. The other way is to look for food replacements that taste somewhat similar to animal products and straightway transform into vegans.
Why become a Vegan?
Nutritional Benefits– Vegan diets are full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans and soy products. Therefore, unlike meat, vegan diet is low in saturated fats. A vegan diet gives you all the essential nutrients like protein, magnesium, carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, folate, antioxidants and vitamins.
Physical benefits– Following veganism can help you lose the extra weight and keep your body mass index in the right proportion. It will keep you high on energy, give you healthy skin, longer life, eliminate body odor, bad breath. It can also save you from allergies and is extremely helpful for people suffering from migraines.
Is it possible to become a Vegan in India?
In a country that considers the cow sacred for its milk and with milk even holding therapeutic importance in the olden science of Ayurvedic medicine, this question becomes very crucial and of utmost relevance. India is well known for having one of the largest populations of vegetarians in the world and it is quite easy for vegetarians to find wholesome meals everywhere. Therefore, the answer is yes, it is possible to become a Vegan in India.
Some famous Vegan/Vegetarian Quotes-
By Mahatma Gandhi
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” “To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being.“
“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.“
By Albert Einstein
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.“
Ashwathi is an enthusiastic traveller and dancer with a passion for movies and music. Hailing from an Army background, she considers herself fortunate enough to have experienced the diverse cultures that India boasts of. She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Communications and has worked in print, radio and television.